ELKHART — Sunday at the Elkhart Jazz Festival is usually when the music winds down and crowds start to thin, but organizers hope to keep the momentum going throughout the weekend by adding a slot for a headlining act that will play on the last day of the festival.
Fourplay will perform at the festival on the afternoon of June 22 at the Lerner Theatre in downtown Elkhart. The contemporary jazz quartet formed in 1990 and has appeared on a dozen recordings, including six that have made their way to the top of Billboard’s contemporary jazz album charts.
“We really want this year’s festival to be high energy from tip to tip, and that means making Sunday as important as Friday or Saturday,” said David Smith, festival co-chairman and Lerner Theatre general manager. “Over the years, Sundays have been full of great music, but the energy level tends to drop off. We want it to start with energy and end with energy.”
The jazz festival begins June 19 with a free concert and continues through the weekend with shows on Main Street and at venues scattered throughout downtown.
Festival organizers announced the first headliner in January. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will bring traditional New Orleans flavor to downtown Elkhart as the music festival’s Friday night headliner on June 20.
The Saturday night headliner will be unveiled at a press conference Friday, Feb. 14, at the Lerner Theatre. Smith said the unnamed headliner will “take the jazz festival’s lineup to the next level.”
“Last year, we really started thinking about how we can use the Lerner and the quality it represents as a venue to secure marquee talent,” Smith said.
The festival’s 2013 headliners included trumpet player Wynton Marsalis with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and guitarist John Pizzarelli.
Tickets for the festival are on sale at thelerner.com, by phone at 293-4469 and at the theater’s box office at 410 S. Main St.
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